More evidence for the "Stockhausen was a big huge bag of douche" case in a Lorin Maazel profile in the NYT, where the maestro also explains he could -- or could not -- take early retirement at 95.
Stockhausen referred to the “sentimental weakness of German Jewish
immigrants” who kept alive an “obscene love” for Romantic music, Mr.
Maazel said, then suggested that Mr. Maazel come close to a speaker to
hear a piece of his. “A tremendous blast came out of it which almost
destroyed my eardrum, which he knew perfectly well would happen,” Mr.
Maazel said. “Total monster.”